BACK TO HER ROOTS
Carly Snee’s first job as a teenager was at a garden center. So when she decided to enroll in the Landscape Design and Construction program at Hennepin Technical College, it was actually a return to a longtime interest. She had already earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in another field when she decided that she wanted something different as she prepared to launch a career. Not wanting to pursue another four-year degree, she decided to search online for a program that she could complete in less time. That’s how she found HTC. She liked the idea that she could graduate in two years and be prepared for a career.
“The instructors are very knowledgeable and they’re so excited about the material, it makes it easy to learn,” says Snee, who graduated from HTC in May 2012 and is now a landscape designer at Otten Brothers in Long Lake, Minnesota. Previously, she worked as a design assistant at Southview Design in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. She was hired there in March 2012, and her HTC training helped her make the connection.
As part of the HTC program, students attend the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association’s Green Expo, which provides opportunities to attend seminars and workshops and also to explore job opportunities.
As a landscape designer, Snee has the opportunity to go out to project sites and work directly with clients. In her previous job as a design assistant, Snee did a lot of computer drafting of plans for landscaping projects. She has found that her HTC training prepared her well because she gained experience with hand drawing and computer drafting at the college. “It’s a well-rounded program,” says Snee, noting that she found the college offered an excellent value.
“The instructors have good connections at companies and that makes it easier to find a job,” Snee says, adding that HTC’s reputation for offering thorough training in landscape design and construction helps graduates when they apply at companies such as Southview Design and Otten Brothers.
What’s best about working in landscape design? “Every project is different. Each yard is different. Each budget is different,” explains Snee. “It’s fun to see each project unfold.” “I learned a lot at HTC and I felt prepared when I started my career,” emphasizes Snee. For her, going back to her roots meant moving forward to a career she enjoys.
Last updated by jhanson : 2015-02-21 15:20:07